By KATE LEAVER
If you believe their fans, Beyonce and Jay Z are about to kill real love.
Rumour has it that Beyonce and Jay Z will get divorced when they finish their Mr and Mrs Carter world tour. They’re travelling with relationship counsellors, and they’ve both been seen without rings. Cheating and beating rumours have been around a long time, but this time it’s different. This time it’s louder. There’s momentum.
With so many fans chanting, “Don’t do it, Beyonce!” you may not be able to hear what I’m going to say next. It may surprise you. It might actually make you angry.
Because while millions of people want the Mr & Mrs Carter fairytale to endure, I’m yelling, “Run, Beyonce. Run! Get out, get out, get out.”
Judging by the emotional tweets of their fans, perhaps it’s just me and Solange Knowles who think Beyonce would be better off without Jay Z. The consensus out there seems to be that if Bey and Jay can’t make it, nobody can. Romance is dead, love is over, all hope is gone, etc.
But before we mourn the possible end of Bey and Jay, let’s get real about their relationship. Their public romance has been painstakingly manufactured, but not even Bey’s publicist can make rumours of infidelity, dysfunction, and aggression disappear completely.
We’re talking about one of the most powerful couples in the world. They’re friends with the Obamas, they make more than $63 million a year, and they can dominate the international news cycle for six days with one well-timed elevator fight that wasn’t even directly between them.
Together, they’ve got 27 Grammys, 20 Billboard Music awards, $1 billion in personal wealth, 112 million social media followers, 11 houses, 7 fragrances, two world tours and one very cute child.
But all of their success and the angst about them splitting is based on a very questionable idea: That Shawn “Jay Z” Carter is a good person.
I dispute that.
Jay Z has spent the past decade rebranding himself, forcing the world to forget that he can be a terrible human. It’s one of the most stunning public transformations in pop culture history — the young criminal who turned himself around from rough beginnings, became a rap god, and married the undisputed queen of pop.
This isn’t just about bad boy made good. Of course people can change. But there are many who believe Jay Z hasn’t actually changed. He’s just done a very good spin job.